05 July 2011

Press Release: Astronauts4Hire Supports the One Flag in Space Initiative


July 5, 2011

Astronauts4Hire Supports the One Flag in Space Initiative

Tampa, Florida – Astronauts4Hire proudly supports the "One Flag in Space" initiative by Blue Marble Space, a nonprofit organization devoted to enabling international unity through space exploration. Astronauts4Hire Flight Members will wear the Blue Marble emblem on their flight suits during training and flight activities beginning with our inaugural training class this July.

The historic Blue Marble image, captured by the Apollo 17 crew on December 7, 1972, is the first photograph of the full planet Earth taken by a human. It has become one of the most universally recognized symbols in the world—transcending national, political, ethnic, and religious boundaries. When shown alongside national flags on astronaut flight suits, the Blue Marble sends a universal message to present and future generations that, in space, humankind is working together for the benefit of all.

The Blue Marble symbol
"The Blue Marble symbol already has the support of several astronauts from the American, European and Korean space agencies," said Sanjoy Som, founder and Director of Blue Marble Space. "We are very excited to have the support of Astronauts4Hire, and are thrilled to be collaborating with one of the leaders who are revolutionizing spaceflight."

"Astronauts4Hire is an international organization dedicated to developing the world’s first private astronaut corps, with members representing 16 countries," remarked Astronauts4Hire President Brian Shiro. "Since we do not represent any single nation, the One Flag in Space initiative is aligned with one of A4H’s key values: space belongs to everyone."

This founding collaboration between Blue Marble Space and Astronauts4Hire serves as the keystone for a more active partnership between the two organizations. The Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, the scientific arm of Blue Marble Space which opened its doors in 2011, will actively seek NASA and NSF grants for basic and applied research. "The expertise A4H will bring together in microgravity environments will be invaluable for scientific research. We look forward to working together with A4H to align the scientific goals of experiments with the engineering requirements of microgravity flight," added Sanjoy Som.

About Astronauts4Hire:
Astronauts for Hire, Inc. (A4H) is a non-profit corporation whose objectives are to provide opportunities for students and professionals to develop and refine the skills necessary to become commercial astronauts and to assist these qualified candidates with networking opportunities in the space research community. A4H's commercial astronaut candidates are accomplished scientists and engineers who can support a wide variety of payloads. They are available today for contract and consulting work with researchers to design and conduct experiments on microgravity, suborbital, and orbital missions. For more information, please visit www.Astronauts4Hire.org or contact Public Relations Officer Ben Corbin at ben.corbin[at]astronauts4hire.org or at (850) 685-2218.

About Blue Marble Space:
Blue Marble Space is a space science and education nonprofit whose mission is to promote and enable international unity through space exploration. In addition to the One Flag in Space initiative, it is home to the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, a low-overhead institute focused on space and Earth system science. The institute is working with Teachers Without Borders to develop the "Teacher's guide to Space Technology for Disaster Management." For more information, please visit www.bluemarblespace.org or contact Sanjoy Som at sanjoy[at]bmsis.org. A Space Policy paper on the One Flag in Space initiative is available online at http://www.oneflaginspace.org/files/som_SPJ_2010.pdf

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